Category Archive: Health Care

Welcome to NH Family Voices

Caring for children with special needs can be exhausting and complex. Parents and caregivers often struggle to find the resources and services their child needs. NH Family Voices is in a unique position to help families because we are parents who have children/youth and young adults with chronic health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges. …

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Hearing-impaired boy lives every kid’s dream: becoming a superhero

New York (CNN) — Five-year-old Anthony Smith didn’t think superheroes wore hearing aids, until he became one. His mother, Christina D’Allesandro, says the epic journey began in May, when her superhero-fanatic son, who is deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other, refused to wear his blue hearing aid because “superheroes don’t wear …

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Asthma and Schools

Asthma is a leading chronic  illness among children and adolescents in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. On average, in a  classroom of 30 children, about 3 are likely to have asthma. Low-income populations, minorities, and children living in inner cities  experience more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, …

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Medical Daily: Smoking During Pregnancy Increases Asthma Risk in Children

By Amber Moore | Aug 17, 2012   A mother’s smoking habits has now been linked to an increased risk of asthma in preschool children, according to a new study. Also, smoking during the early stages of pregnancy is especially dangerous. Researchers say that women who are planning to have a baby should give up …

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Psychology Today: Is Our Aversion to Pain Killing Us?

  by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Psychology Today   The sad and untimely loss of Whitney Houston is yet another highly publicized death that called into question the abuse of prescription drugs. Tragic episodes like this may be making the news because of their high-profile victims, but they also direct our attention to a growing epidemic …

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A Simple change in the law can bring smiles

By Jeff Woodburn “The worst case,” Penny McKinnon starts, her words drawing me closer and piquing my interest. As a School Nurse at Littleton’s Lakeway Elementary School, she sees a lot and it’s not all good. “A student’s teeth were so bad that he couldn’t eat,” she said, “he lost a lot of weight.” Hard …

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Poor oral health leads to big problems, few opportunities

By Jeff Woodburn “The worse case,” Penny McKinnon starts, her words drawing me closer and peaking my interest.  As a School Nurse at Littleton’s Lakeway Elementary School, she sees a lot and it’s not all good. “A student’s teeth were so bad that he couldn’t eat,” she said, “he lost a lot of weight.” Hard …

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Creating the best doctor-patient relations

Doctor-patient relationships are important. Dr. Lisa Plotnik, from the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), says the relationship is kind of like dating. “You wouldn’t date someone repeatedly if you don’t like them,” she said and the same is true with a medical doctor. Plotnik says it’s important to do your homework, but if the communication …

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What is a Medical Home?

From Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene In a healthcare world that has become sophisticated and complex, the important role of primary care physicians is sometimes overlooked. As America’s baby boomers reach their 50’s and 60’s, as new medications and technologies allow people to live longer, and as poor lifestyle choices contribute to chronic diseases, the …

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